The last few weeks of pregnancy are regarded as the best time to organize the baby shower. And while the games, merry-making and pampering will make you feel a tad better, you are secretly wishing for this to get over soon. We don’t blame you! The aches and pains are enough to push you to the edge.
By the end of this week, your baby weighs as much as 4 ¾ pounds and clocks in at almost 18 inches in length. Your bambino also looks more baby, less fetus. The increasing fat pilling under the skin makes him look rounder and smoother. He has pale blue eyes that he opens and closes in response to the slightest light filtering through the uterine walls. The ears are well defined and those tiny eyebrows and eye lashes have also filled in. A few babies have a thin mop to call hair. The fingernails and toenails have grown big enough to become visible.
If only you could get a visual of your baby at 34 weeks, you would see the light movements of his chest as his lungs practice breathing. He’s blinking and dreaming too. The central nervous is developing further with a gazillion nerves making connections all through your little one’s body. There shouldn’t be any complications if your baby is born between the 34th and 37th week.
If you are having a boy, this could be a crucial week for him. The testicles descend from the abdomen into the scrotum. It might happen later for some boys.
Changes to your Body
The one thing you will feel the most is fatigue. It is because of the extra physical strain coupled with pregnancy insomnia. The problems of gas and bloating get worse as the digestion slows down. This coupled with the problem of heartburn and constipation can make you feel queasy and uneasy. As your pregnancy comes to an end, you will notice an increase in the amount of vaginal discharge. Wear cotton underwear to makes sure you remain comfortable. The leg cramps are getting the better of you and as if that wasn’t enough you are struggling to cope with headaches, backaches, insomnia, hemorrhoids and stretch marks.
A few women develop a fine rash on the stomach with tiny red pimples. It causes discomfort as it can be extremely itchy. You should visit your dermatologist to have it checked. You might feel low and depressed for various reasons. It could be on account of the increasing discomfort or the fears of childbirth. Talk to your partner or your health care practitioner and don’t let it get the better of you.
Best Pregnancy Tips for the 34th Week
- The blood pressure tends to fluctuate at this stage in your pregnancy. Hence, it needs to be monitored regularly as abnormally high blood pressure might cut off the supply of blood and nutrients to the fetus.
- With the energy levels dipping, you might want to slow down a bit. Get as much rest as you can; you will long for it in the days to come.
- Don’t stand or sit all of a sudden. The blood pooling in your legs might cause you to feel faint.
- When it comes to exercise, you might want to try Kegels in preparation for labor. It also gives you better control on your bladder.
- Make sure your hospital bag is packed and kept in a place you can grab and run in case labor comes on earlier than expected. Put in your own gown or T-shirt and pajamas you would like to wear.
- Shop for new and comfy shoes that will accommodate your heavily swollen legs.
- Do keep a key with a neighbor just in case things don’t work out as planned.
- Get your car seat and have it installed.